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Highland Region One of the largest of all Scottish regions, Highland covers an area of over 10,000 square miles (almost half of Scotland) and has a population of just over 200,000.
Formed in 1976 from the counties of Invernessshire, Rossshire, Caithness and North Argyll.
One of Scotland's major centres for Winter sports is to be found at Aviemore.
The high space to population ratio is immediately evident and gives more than a hint to the nature of the region. The region includes most of the Grampian mountains. Ben Nevis, (at 4,406 feet above sea level) the highest mountain in Great Britain, lends its name to the Nevis range; Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster; the Caledonian canal and the Queen Mother's castle of Mey at Caithness.
The main commercial activites of the region are oil services, tourism, timber, livestock farming, grouse shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing.
The administrative headquarters for the region are to be found in Inverness with the towns of Thurso, Wick, Fort William and Dingwall being other main population centres.